Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ACAAI, Children with Asthma & Enterovirus 68

The below is an alert from American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Read more in The Washington Post and in The New York Times.

ACAAI Expert Alert:

What parents of kids with asthma need to know about enterovirus 68
Parents of children who suffer from asthma and allergies have every reason to be concerned about enterovirus 68, the virus that has hospitalized hundreds of kids across the county. Although symptoms start out like a common cold, they can move to severe respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Since kids who suffer from asthma are already vulnerable to respiratory symptoms, parents need to be especially vigilant.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) advises parents of children with asthma or allergies to keep a close eye on their child’s symptoms.

“If your child seems to be struggling to breathe and their normal asthma medications aren’t working, get him or her to the emergency department as quickly as possible,” says allergist Bradley Chipps, MD, spokesperson for ACAAI. “The most important thing is for every child with asthma to have a personalized asthma action plan, created with his or her allergist. An asthma plan helps quickly identify when a child is suffering more than usual and needs immediate, emergency attention.”

Tips from ACAAI on managing asthma in children include:
• Teach your child age-appropriate self-care.
• Be sure you and your child are using the asthma medications exactly the way the allergist prescribed and are using the inhaler properly.
• If the allergist has suggested using a peak flow meter and diary to assess your child’s level of asthma, be sure they are being used properly.
• Make sure your child is following his or her asthma action plan. Most plans are created using a stoplight system – green means your medications are working and your asthma is under control. Yellow means you’re experiencing symptoms and need to follow the steps outlined, including the use of your quick-relief medicine to keep your asthma from getting worse. If you are in the red zone, you are experiencing severe asthma symptoms or an asthma flare-up and need to get immediate medical attention.

Adults are also at risk however, according to Dr Chipps, “…children under 6 tend to have more significant exacerbations.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

Food Allergy Counseling: Online Group Session Launch

I'm launching a new and exciting food allergy coaching program: online group coaching sessions. 

  • We will meet once per week, at a pre-set time, via a call-in number. 
  • The sessions will be with others just like you.
  • I will guide us all in a supportive 60-minute hour of advice, guidance and coaching around lifestyle and food allergies.

Here are the details about this special group:

WHO: Anyone with food allergies, a caregiver to someone with food allergies or a loved one of someone with food allergies.

WHERE: We will meet online, you only need a phone to dial in.

WHEN: Mondays starting October 6, 2014 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST.

FEE: Contact me!

Want to know more, CONTACT ME to sign up today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Food Allergy Counseling: Sunbutter Manufacturer's Coupon

I was contact by SunButter, makers of sunflower seed butter to offer you all a $1 off manufacturer’s coupon. (See above and download). 

From SunButter's press release: “SunButter is both peanut and tree nut free and is used in many schools across America as a delicious and safe alternative to peanut butter.”

I have met the SunButter founders many times and love their allergen policies and protocols – did you know tree nuts and peanuts cannot grow in North Dakota where SunButter is produced? Additionally, SunButter has strict allergen protocols from the manufacturing processes all the way to their truckers (no PB sandwiches allowed in the truck cab!) 

Here is more information about SunButter. Here's their allergen information. And here's how to contact SunButter to ask your personal questions about your food allergy or food restriction needs.

Thanks SunButter!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Recipe: Blueberry and Corn Clafoutis, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

Blueberry and corn clafoutis, fresh from the oven

The clafoutis is a very simple pancake type dessert make with an easy batter and whatever fruit you have around. So simple, so French. I haven’t made on in ages, not since culinary school. Oh, have I mentioned that I was classically trained in the French cooking style?  Yup yup.

When I ran across this on Chef Marcus Sameulsson’s siteI thought about the extra blueberries, corn and Gluten-Free Bisquick mix I had in my fridge. Could I pull all of that together into this recipe? Of course.

Why I love it? It’s the flavors of summer in a light, buttery, not-to-sweet package: the fresh sweet corn bursts in your mouth, as do the tart juicy blueberries.  A perfect dessert after a summer meal.

A yummy slice
Here’s my food allergy free for me version. It’s free from peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish and is lactose-free. It *does* use milk, butter and eggs.

Blueberry and Corn Clafoutis Recipe
Adapted from Chef Marcus and Sandra Lee 

1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
1 cup fresh corn kernels from 1 corn cob
1/3 cup raw brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted organic butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for the pie dish
Powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch diameter glass pie dish. Mix the blueberries and corn kernels together and arrange in the buttered pie dish, set aside.

2. Combine the eggs, milk, sugar, GF pancake mix, and salt in a Tupperware container that has a top. You can hand mix by doing a quick shake shake shake! Blend until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter, and blend again, until well combined, about 15 seconds. Pour the batter over the blueberries and corn.

3. Bake in the oven until the center is set and the edges are golden, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serve with fresh blueberries, a dusting of powdered sugar. It’s great for a tea time snack, after dinner treat or even breakfast.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Food Allergy Counseling: North Jersey Food Allergy Conference, 2014

I was thrilled to be asked by the powerhouse Lisa G -  Lisa Giuriceo
Facilitator of The FoodAllergy and Asthma Support Group of North Jersey - to speak at the first annual North Jersey Food Allergy Conference. 

*The event is sold out.*


Here is the schedule.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 
9:00AM - 12:00pm (Registration 8:30AM)
At the Saddle Brook Marriott
138 New Pehle Avenue Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Scott Sicherer- Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, NY
Dr. Niya Wanich- Allergy & Asthma Specialists, Saddle River, NJ
Paul Antico- CEO and Founder of Allergy Eats
Sloane Miller- Food Allergy Life Coach and Author
Gina Mennett Lee- Food Allergy Advocate

Free Registration here.
Made possible by a grant from FARE

Starting my presentation was an experiential exercise for the 200 participants to connect with one another

Answer questions with the morning's last three speakers: me, Paul Antico of, Gina Minnette Lee of Food Allergy Education Network, and Lisa Giuriceo of The Food Allergy and Asthma Support Group of North Jersey 

Having a laugh behind the podium